Can Double Blind Experiments Be Applied to Historical Research?
Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Nisbet studies the role of communication and advocacy in policymaking and public affairs, focusing on debates over over climate change, energy, and sustainability. Among awards and recognition, Nisbet has been a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Google Science Communication Fellow. In 2011, the editors at the journal Nature recommended Nisbet's research as “essential reading for anyone with a passing interest in the climate change debate,” and the New Republic highlighted his work as a “fascinating dissection of the shortcomings of climate activism."
That's the question posed by one of the lectures in the recently announced Capital Science Series sponsored by the Carnegie Institution for Science of Washington, DC. Details on this particular lecture below and you take a look at the full schedule of talks here.
Wed, 10/05/2011 - 6:45pm Schema and Bias: A Historian’s Reflection on Double-Blind Experiments
Dr. Carlo Ginzburg University of California, Los Angeles Department of History
Winner of the 2010 Balzan Prize, Dr. Ginzburg was honored for the exceptional combination of imagination, scholarly precision and literary skill with which he has recovered and illuminated the beliefs of ordinary people in Early-modern Europe.
How can we conceive a fruitful dialogue between the humanities and sciences? Dr. Ginzburg will look at the historian’s craft from new and unexpected angles and discuss whether double blind experiments, used in medicine to test drug effectiveness, can be applied to historical research.
Co-hosted by the Carnegie Institution for Science with the Embassies of Italy and Switzerland, and the Balzan Foundation.
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